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Christ Walking on the Waters by Sergius von Klever

Christ Walking on the Waters by Sergius von Klever

By H. F. M. Prescott (1952) David Foster Wallace started his speech “This is Water” with that old but salutary saw,“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, ‘Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, ‘What the hell is water?’” In 16th century Britain and Europe, the Christian religion was like water to fish. To doubt the existence of God would be…

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Uncomfortably Close…the Lawyer in the Freezer

Derrence

This story is one of the many lurid crime sagas that feature in staid and leafy-green Adelaide. And whilst The Varnished Culture staff all have impeccable alibis, this being Adelaide, we are far-away-so-close to the macabre events of 1979 and beyond. Unfortunately, it is one of several local causes célèbre where the jury’s verdict is in question because they may have been led to rely on tainted evidence – not corrupt evidence; just misleading, or dead-wrong. THE PLAYERS: Derrence Stevenson, specialist criminal lawyer (the victim); David Szach, Stevenson’s teenaged boyfriend; Dr Colin Manock, forensic pathologist, who gave crucial evidence at trial…

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SimCity BuildIt

May 9, 2017 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | THUMBNAIL REVIEWS, VIDEO GAMES |
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EA Games for mobile devices. All Sims games, except the slipshod versions made specifically for the Nintendo Gameboy (in its various manifestations), are hypnotically addictive. SimCity BuildIt keeps you, as Mayor of an ever burgeoning metropolis, on your toes, constantly needing currency (of at least three types) to enable an increase in population, which creates a need for manufacturing, which creates a need for space expansion, which creates a need for expansion icons, which creates a need for currency, which…..In fact, it is not your toes which get the work out, but your fingers, hopping like acquisitive fleas across your mobile device….

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Get Out

May 8, 2017 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Drama Film, FILM, THUMBNAIL REVIEWS |
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(Directed by Jordan Peele) (2017) In the  promos for Get Out, we see  the agonised, frozen face of a black man, Chris. You will see more such faces in Get Out, but not all of them are black. Decades ago, having withdrawn from the tense atmospherics of a 1980s media party, L was chilling (there was still some hippie in the air, and L is very cool) in a quiet room, exchanging a few words with a well-known African-American singer, who was hoovering up some well-known Australian lollies from a jar on the mantelpiece. An older (white) couple paused on their way out to congratulate said singer with, “thank you for your…

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Time to Pretend

May 3, 2017 | Posted by Lesley Jakobsen | Modern Music, MUSIC |
Pirating Mantis

Pirating Mantis

Time to Pretend  is a 2008 song by the American indie band MGMT (Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Goldwasser) from their album Oracular Spectacular.  Despite its youthful, cheerful piping, Time to Pretend is a deadpan, nihilistic lament. The clip (below) makes it clear that the way out of this vale of tears is to go the rockstar route and overdose.  Drop some acid on the beach from “Lord of the Flies”, ride some giant kittens and die in a psychedelic storm of dolphins. “I’m feelin’ rough I’m feelin’ raw I’m in the prime of my life Let’s make some music make some money find some…

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